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Diners' Choice: American restaurants in Virginia

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall American cuisine in Virginia? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Chef's Kitchen & Cocktails restaurant
4.8
4.8 (291)
$50 and over
American
Norfolk
About the restaurant
At only 65 seats, Chef's has an intimate but edgy ambiance and an eclectic dining experience. Located on Colley Avenue, Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails offers an upscale but comfortable, quality dining experience.

Please leave children at home and enjoy the atmosphere.
(ADULTS ONLY!)

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
WOW! Terrific vibe the second you enter Chef’s Kitchen! The matte brass accents with black and wood decor create a dramatic yet comfortable and causal atmosphere. Colby and Taj? (Tye?/Tai?) are phenomenal servers who had excellent suggestions for both our dishes and drinks. Their attention to detail regarding our dining experience is unmatched! I am speechless over our amazing dinner for a party of five, but I will try to describe the delectable meal. The unique salmon egg rolls and tender calamari along with those gorgeous specialty drinks were a fantastic start to this eating event. We chose the lamb lollipops a la Oscar, filet mignon, and the oxtail lasagne. Amazing melt in your mouth meats, incredible garlic mashers and delicious vegetables! Did I mention the presentation? We were expecting to enjoy a dessert which promised to be tasty, but we needed to get to the show. Next time, for sure! Our party of five was looking forward to an evening of comedy at Scope and started with Chef’s Kitchen & Cocktails; what an excellent choice!!
A photo of Alexander's - Roanoke restaurant
5.0
5 (1428)
$31 to $50
American
Roanoke
About the restaurant
Alexander's is an oasis for award winning cuisine, wine, and craft cocktails. Over the years we've twice been awarded the Open Table Top 100 in the US restaurant designation and in 2018, Southern Living Magazine named us one of the Ten Most Romantic Restaurants in the South. Focusing on superb ingredients; fish, seafood, prime quality Virginia aged meats, and locally sourced organic produce, our cuisine showcases years of collaboration among some of the most talented chefs of our region. You'll be served in an atmosphere filled with romance, sophistication, modern & vintage jazz. It's old world charm with new world flavors!
Built in the 1880s as Roanoke's first office supply company, our vintage building has been transformed into a retro chic rendition of the classic urban restaurants of our great culinary cities. The art, furnishings, lighting, and mirrors are all found pieces of Roanoke's rich architectural history. So relax and let's start making your memories at Alexanders!

Top review
CheersToThat
Dined 2 days ago
Everything we ordered was delicious as were the suggested wine pairings. It’s always a treat to dine at Alexander’s!
A photo of Leaping Lizard Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1227)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Situated under a canopy of old growth trees on Lake Joyce, this natural gem serves seasonal fare from tidal Virginia. The menu reflects freshness with a distinct emphasis on showcasing the inherent colors and flavors of the ingredients. The cafe's bakery provides all its breads and deserts and is open for retail on the weekends. This fresh approach to food done in a natural and unpretentious setting has been a local favorite for twelve years. If you don't see your desired time slot available give us a call.
Top review
Anonvip
Dined 1 day ago
Once again, they knocked it out of the park. Great food, wonderful service, charming atmosphere. There is such a positive energy that flows through the place that you feel good just being there. The staff makes you feel like family. We can't wait to go back.
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4.9
4.9 (80)
$30 and under
American
Colonial Williamsburg
About the restaurant
Keep up with the Joneses at the Clubhouse Grill.

Cap off a round on the Gold Course with a cold drink at the Horseshoe Bar, dine in the restaurant, or soak in views of the 18th hole from the outdoor terrace.

The Golden Horseshoe Clubhouse features the Golden Smoke Menu showcasing Virginia local oak smoked BBQ including brisket, pork, chicken, and weekly specials. Also available are delicious appetizers, vegetarian options, burgers, salads, and seasonal cobbler. A gathering place for golfers and guests alike, the Gold Course Clubhouse Grill offers a casual dining experience just minutes from more at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts.

Stop by the Gold Course Clubhouse Bar located downstairs for grab-and-go sandwiches, salad, and snack options.

Top review
JImmyCvip
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
Delicious lunch on a rainy afternoon. Loved the club sandwich.
A photo of C&O restaurant
4.9
4.9 (791)
$50 and over
American
Charlottesville
About the restaurant
Dinner is served in our mezzanine, bistro and upstairs dining rooms, Tuesday through Saturday.
Reservations are for dinner only, please. Bar seats operate on a first come, first serve basis, and cannot be reserved.
We cannot accommodate parties larger than 10. Due to the layout of our restaurant, we are unable to accommodate pets on our patio.

Top review
Scorpy
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Since its start, in 1976, the C&O has never failed to provide an outstanding culinary experience for me. I highly recommend the C&O. Stephen Smith
A photo of Lola's Farmhouse Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (59)
$30 and under
American
Short Pump
About the restaurant
Experience the area's most stunning patio dining at a historic 1865 farmhouse, offering exceptional food as well!

Please call for reservations of 7 or more.

If you do not see an available reservation time, please call the restaurant and we will do our best to accommodate your party.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Lola‘s farmhouse bistro is absolutely a beautiful location to have dinner. I was very warmly welcomed upon my arrival and was seated very quickly. The waitress went over the chalkboard specials and gave me plenty of time to peruse the menu. I have to say that the Lola’s sangria is by far one of the best sangrias I have ever drank. Had I not been driving myself I certainly would’ve had another glass! The crab stuffed sole was delicious! My friend had the pear and walnut salad that she couldn’t get over just how good It was. We both enjoyed the messy brownie with ice cream for dessert.  I’m looking forward to taking my boyfriend to Lola‘s for dinne ln the very near future.
A photo of Henley on Grace restaurant
4.8
4.8 (812)
$30 and under
American
Richmond
About the restaurant
A Californian Asian fusion restaurant offering Pan Asian style cuisine with a twist! Hundreds of wines sold by the glass. Centrally located, we are two blocks from the Downtown Marriot, the Hilton Hotel and two blocks from the historical Dominion Energy Center. Also located near the Altria Theatre too! Stop by before an evening out!
Top review
WayneV
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Wonderful date night! Quiet and food was delicious! We both had the salad with grilled salmon and it was perfectly cooked.
A photo of The Savory Grain restaurant
4.7
4.7 (115)
$31 to $50
American
Richmond
About the restaurant
The Savory Grain Restaurant and Draft House is Richmond’s top destination for delicious New American dining, offering a huge variety of draft beers and craft cocktails in a fun, laid-back, warm, and inviting atmosphere. We strive to offer the best local ingredients in order to create a diverse seasonal menu that has the complexity that appeals to the die hard “foodies” as well as some good ole’ classics that the “meat-and-potatoes” crowd can enjoy. At the Savory Grain, your dining experience doesn’t stop at the food, drinks are also showcased with 24 ever-rotating draft beers, a meticulously chosen wine list, and craft cocktail program featuring the best local, domestic, and international libations this region has to offer. If you’re a music lover, check out our Facebook page as we regularly offer live music from a variety of local acts. Come alone, come with friends, or come with a crowd, we accommodate all size parties. Stop in and say hello, we hope to see you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
We keep this place in our rotation, the food and cocktails are always delicious and the service is fast and friendly. The pot pie, gouda grits, and crab artichoke dip are some of our favorites.
A photo of Shore Drive - Shorebreak Pizza & Taphouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (293)
$30 and under
American
Virginia Beach
About the restaurant
Locally owned & operated since 2003. From Little Leaguers to Big Leaguers, Shorebreak's family friendly atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a casual dinner, celebrating a great season, or watching your favorite sports. We feature 40 flat screen TVs and three 7ft. HD big screens. All this plus an award winning menu, outdoor patio, and a game room for the kids.

Due to high demand, reservations may not be available on certain days or during certain times.
During those times, walk-ins are welcome and encouraged.
Walk-ins are subject to a first come, first serve basis on our waitlist.
For questions, please email us at info@shorebreakvb.com or give us a call at 757-481-9393

**Table Requests: We attempt to honor all specific table requests such as a booth, high top, or outdoor seating. We are able to honor those requests 90% of the time. However, there are some occasions where a specific request may not be available at the time of your reservation.

Top review
DawnM
Dined 3 days ago
We decided to do a bunch of appetizers. Nachos, Brussel sprouts, bang bang shrimp and fried pickles.The food was outstanding! Service was very attentive. Drinks cold and tasty. Definitely be back!
A photo of Midlothian Chef's Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1282)
$30 and under
American
Midlothian
About the restaurant
Voted Best Restaurant in Chesterfield by Richmond Magazine, and Dine Like a Local Award by The Scout Guide for Best Restaurant for Dinner. Midlothian Chef's Kitchen is a New American Restaurant by Award-Winning Chef David Dunlap. Enjoy a friendly atmosphere with indoor & outdoor seating, & local, hyper-seasonal Virginia ingredients. This is a full service restaurant & bar with thoughtful dishes that evoke memories.

Chef Dunlap was previously the Executive Sous Chef at The Inn at Little Washington and the Corporate Executive Chef of Quirk Hotels (Quirk Hotel RVA & Quirk Hotel CVille). He was named as 1 of the 32 Restaurant Stars on the Rise in 2020 by FSRMagazine, Rising Star Chef of the Year by Two Roads Hospitality Worldwide, and has won Best Dishes at Broad Appetit 4 years in a row.

Enjoy special events such as Wine/Bourbon Pairing Dinners, Private Dining/Event Space, and a Chef's Table Experience. This is a local, family-owned business, owned by Chef Dunlap & his wife.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Our waiter Ben was excellent. The food was amazing. Definitely going back.
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